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AUG 2017

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t August 2017 48 Boston The state capital, Boston, is also the state's largest city. Here, sports event planners will find a mix of top-notch venues, thousands of hotel rooms and a sports-focused com- munity. Hotel rooms: 32,000 Major facilities: TD Garden is a mul- tipurpose arena with a capacity of 19,580. Fenway Park is a 37,949-seat baseball facility. Gillette Stadium is a 66,829-seat football stadium. Convention centers: The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center boasts 516,000 square feet of column-free, contig- uous event space and is just eight minutes from Logan International Airport. John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center offers 175,000 square feet of flexible space. Seaport World Trade Center features 120,000 square feet of contiguous space. Contact: Greater Boston CVB, Cape Cod Cape Cod comprises 15 towns, along with the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vine- yard. In addition to its scenic beauty—here you'll find 559.6 miles of coastline—the region offers an array of venues and thou- sands of hotel rooms. Hotel rooms: 19,000 Hotel tax rate: 11.7 percent Major facility: Hyannis Youth & Community Center includes 105,000 square feet, and features two ice rinks and 12,500-square-foot wood floor gym. The U.S. Figure Skating Competitions have been held here, along with the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association Champi- onship. Contact: Cape Cod Chamber of Com- merce, Johnny Appleseed Country The north-central region of Massachusetts is known as Johnny Appleseed Country. From its iconic sports venues and major profes- sional sports teams to its history of hosting some of the world's biggest events, Massachusetts is a state built on sports. In fact, Massachusetts is home of the oldest U.S. marathon, the Boston Marathon, and the country's largest regatta, the Head Of The Charles Regatta. On top of that, the Bay State is the birthplace of basketball and volleyball. "Massachusetts is a premiere sports destination, boasting a rich sports history and championship sports teams," said Shannah McArdle, director of the Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office. "Massachusetts hosts thou- sands of sporting events each year, ranging from youth competitions, collegiate championships and all-star games to national championships and Olympic Trials." n Contact: Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office, See Ad On Page 49 ◄ The Boston Marathon SITE SELECTION GUIDE: MASSACHUSETTS GUIDES BY PAIGE TOWNLEY Sweet Eats! Shrewsbury Street's famous Restaurant Row features more than 40 fabulous eateries serving up a globe-spanning array of delectable delights. Located in Worcester, this 1.5 miles is known as the best the city has to offer, from fine dining to casual bistros. n MUST SEE: Photo courtesy of Chelsea Ouelette

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